Plan Your Way Home

The journey to home ownership starts here and now.

Our process supports your dream of home ownership by actively participating in many programs that can assist you. If you’re a qualified first-time home buyer and meet certain eligibility requirements, we can help you access programs that could put home ownership within your reach. If you’re ready for your journey to begin, let us help you Plan Your Way Home.

Guiding you through the home ownership process.

We help first-time homebuyers identify various programs that prepare and support them on their journey to home ownership by providing access to:

  • Homebuyer Education
  • Pre-Purchase Credit Counseling
  • Down-payment and Closing Cost Assistance
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Loans that offer flexible credit criteria
  • Lower down payment options


Plan Your Way Home is for those who:

  • Want to purchase a home but don’t know where to start
  • Struggle to save for a down payment            
  • Need help navigating the many mortgage finance options available to help achieve the goal of homeownership
  • Want a dedicated specialist knowledgeable about mortgage assistance programs and approved housing counseling organizations
  • Are ready to take the first step

Louis S., Tampa Florida, first-time homebuyer

"When I was younger, I moved a lot. Having kids now, I want them to know that they have a home. Hancock Whitney helped make home ownership a reality for us. It’s amazing, knowing we’ve reached our dream." - Louis S., Tampa, FL

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Leonard P., of Marrero, Louisiana, first-time homeowner.

Leonard P. began his journey late 2016, but didn't find the perfect home until February of 2018. Mindy Dinicola was with him every step of the way, whether it was arming him with information about his options, or giving him time to find his dream home.

Leonard qualified for a Hancock Whitney Closing Cost grant. "Leonard always smiled," said Mindy, "But this particular day, his smile was bigger and brighter than ever."



Robert F., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is now a first time homeowner.

Robert stopped by the Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance when one of our Community Lenders was conducting a homebuyer education class in March 2018. Within a week, he was completing his application. At the time, he was actively looking for a new place to live.  "I decided I didn't just want to move," explained Robert F., "I wanted to move into a home of my own."


Find out more! Complete the form below and a Community Lending Specialist will contact you.

Community Lenders


Daisy LaGrue
Baton Rouge, LA

NMLS# 1584950


Mindy Dinicola
Jefferson Parish, LA

NMLS# 701947


Deatro Carey
New Orleans, LA



Stephanie Johnson
Mobile, AL, Mississippi Coast and Hattiesburg, MS



Shirley Penn-McAfee
Houston, TX

NMLS# 593944


Mireya LoCicero
Tampa Bay, FL


Hancock Whitney Mortgage Assistance Programs

Mortgage assistance programs are subject to certain program eligibility requirements and funding availability.

For more details, ask for one of our Community Lending Specialists by completing the form above

Mortgage Assistance Programs Hancock Whitney Bank Participates In

  • State and Local Community Seconds (Soft Seconds)
  • State and Local Down Payment Assistance
  • State and Local Closing Cost Assistance
  • State and Local Housing Finance Agency Mortgage Assistance Programs (Bond Money)
  • State and Local Mortgage Credit Certificate - Annual Tax Incentive Only

Hancock Whitney Bank is not an administrator or owner of down payment and closing costs assistance programs offered through federal, state, and local agencies and does not guarantee eligibility, approval or disbursement of funds. If we are an approved participating lender, we help facilitate the submission of a borrower’s application for assistance provided we have all the necessary documents that are required. We have no authority regarding the program’s review and decision making process and therefore cannot guarantee program acceptance nor approval.